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Armenians in Syria

Armenians in Syria
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Total population
35,000, 70-100,000 pre war
Regions with significant populations
Cities: Aleppo, Qamishli, Damascus, Latakia, Al Hasakah, Tell Abyad, Raqqa and Deir ez Zor
Villages: Kessab and Yakubiyah
Armenian, Arabic
Armenian Apostolic, Armenian Catholic, Armenian Evangelical
Related ethnic groups
Armenian, Hamshenis, Cherkesogai groups

The Armenians in Syria are Syrian citizens of either full or partial Armenian descent.

Syria and the surrounding areas have often served as a refuge for Armenians who fled from wars and persecutions such as the Armenian Genocide. According to the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, the estimated number of Armenians in Syria is 100,000, with more than 60,000 of them centralized in Aleppo. With other estimates by Armenian foundations in Syria putting the number around 70-80,000. However, Since the start of the conflict 16,623 Syrian citizens of ethnic Armenian background have arrived in Armenia, of whom about 13,000 displaced persons remained and found protection in Armenia as of July 2015. The government is offering several protection options including simplified naturalization by Armenian descent (15,000 persons acquired Armenian citizenship), accelerated asylum procedures and facilitated short, mid and long-term residence permits.

According to Hranush Hakobyan only 15,000 Armenians are left in Syria and the rest have been settled in Armenia or Nagorno Karabakh, with another 8,000 having left for Lebanon, and others going to destinations including Europe, the United States and Canada. However, Armenian foundations in Syria estimate around 35,000 are left based on rough estimates, including a method which multiplies the number of students enrolled in Armenian minority schools by 3 or 4, since minors would only take up around 25-30% of an age pyramid.Azerbaijan has raised concerns over resettlement of Syrian Armenians in the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

The Syrian border villages of Kessab and Yakubiyah had Armenian majority prior to the civil war. Kessab was attacked and looted by Syrian Rebels who were given passage through Turkish land, and Yacubiyah had their Armenian population expelled by Al Nusra.


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